Neighbourhood Watch – 5th January 2017

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH — Thursday 5th January 2017


May I begin by wishing you all a very happy New Year.


One of the (many) pleasures of living in Winsley is that there is very little crime. This makes my job relatively trouble free! However, in mid-December there were three incidents which occurred in the vicinity. Forewarned is forearmed, so to speak.


1 – Winsley Road, Bradford-on-Avon: a man punched a dent in a car and was abusive towards the owner.

2 – Great Ashley: a garage was broken into and damage caused to the light and door. At the time of reporting, it was not clear whether anything had been taken.

3 – Upper South Wraxall: a horse trailer was taken from behind an unlocked gate. It was found (fortunately undamaged) in a ditch opposite the house.

4 – Murhill: someone has forced entry to a garage by breaking the lock. A number of valuable garden and household tools have been stolen.

A message for Lloyds Bank customers (but it could well apply to other banks in the future):

Some customers have been the victims of a sophisticated fraud. Fake, but convincing, letters are being sent out. They include the logo and address of the Bank and a plausible signature from a supposed customer service representative. The letter informs customers that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number to prove that the letter is genuine. When victims call the number, they are asked to give their date of birth and their card and account details, including digits from their security number. Lloyds Bank has confirmed that the letters and ‘phone number are fake.

If you are suspicious about correspondence from your bank, you should call the customer service number on the back of the debit or credit card. To report a fraud or cyber crime, please call the Police on 0300 123 2040.

Roy Ludlow

5th January 2017